BBC Studios announces at its Showcase 2021 event that The Watch has secured a raft of new sales across the globe. A critically praised series, featuring a bold cast of characters, which has already been sold to and premiered in Australia (Stan), China (Bilibili), and Russia (Kinopoisk). BBC First has also started to air the series in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The Watch follows an unlikely group of misfits, The City Watch, who are forced to find the guts to save the world, surprising even themselves in the process. The comedic yet thrilling series pits trolls, werewolves, wizards and other improbable heroes against an evil plot to resurrect a great dragon which would lead to the destruction of life as they know it. From lead writer and executive producer Simon Allen (The Musketeers, Das Boot and New Tricks), the 8x45’ high concept drama series is inspired by the characters created by Sir Terry Pratchett’s famous Discworld novels, including the captain of The City Watch Sam Vimes (Richard Dormer), the last scion of nobility Lady Sybil Ramkin (Lara Rossi), the naïve but heroic Carrot (Adam Hugill), the mysterious Angua (Marama Corlett) and the ingenious forensics expert Cheery (Jo Eaton-Kent) together with The Watch’s own idiosyncratic depiction of Death (Wendell Pierce). The stellar cast for the series also includes Sam Adewunmi as Carcer Dun, and Matt Berry as Wayne, a magical speaking sword.
Originally commissioned for BBC America, The Watch has now been sold to M-Net across sub-Saharan Africa, TVNZ in New Zealand, yes in Israel, Cosmote TV in Greece, Telefonica in Spain, and to Viasat World across Russia and CIS.
BBC Studios Showcase takes place 22-24 February and has been reimagined as a fully virtual and immersive experience for 2021, bringing international buyers and investors closer to BBC Studios rich content offer than ever before.